Minister attends opening of new £500k school building

Pupils and teachers pictured at the official opening of Gaelscoil Eanna's new building on the Hightown Road. INNT 19-017-PSB
Pupils and teachers pictured at the official opening of Gaelscoil Eanna's new building on the Hightown Road. INNT 19-017-PSB
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EDUCATION Minister John O’Dowd attended the official opening of new accommodation for Gaelscoil Éanna - Glengormley’s Irish-medium primary school - on Friday afternoon (May 4).

The ceremony was also attended by legendary GAA commentator, Micheál O Muirecheartaigh, a former teacher with a keen interest in Irish-medium education.

The new modular style school building comprises three classrooms, a resource space, staffroom, toilets and cloakrooms. In addition, new play areas and car parking facilities have also been provided.

The Minister said: “I welcome the opportunity to attend the opening of the new accommodation for Gaelscoil Éanna and would like to thank those involved for their kind invitation. The Irish language is an integral part of our rich and shared heritage, and I take great pride in witnessing and being part of a sector that continues to thrive and grow educationally and economically.”

Mr O’Dowd said the Department’s £500,000 investment in the project “will go a long way in addressing the needs of children in the Glengormley area.”

The Minister continued: “I would like to congratulate all involved in this new project especially the Principal, Maighréad Ní Chonghaile, the Board of Governors and Iontaobhas na Gaelscolaíochta (The Trust Fund for Irish Medium Education). I commend them for all the hard work they have undertaken to reach this very exciting stage for the future development of Gaelscoil Éanna.

“The school is now well equipped to enable it to deliver the curriculum and meet the needs of its pupils for many years to come. I wish all involved with the school every success for the future.”

Gaelscoil Éanna has flourished since its inception in 2006 and has built on the popularity of its feeder nursery school, Naíscoil Éanna. The two schools will have an enrolment of around 150 pupils come the new academic year in September.

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